The Cloud-Like Way to Manage On-premises Databases with Amazon RDS on VMware

If there are some applications and data that you need to keep on-premises for compliance or other reasons, then you can now enjoy cloud-like automation of previously manual – and tedious – tasks. See how it’s made possible with Amazon RDS on VMware. 

Amazon RDS on VMware enables effective and efficient set-up, operation, and scaling of databases in VMware-based software environments – delivering a cloud-like experience in your on-premises environments.

Database administration today still involves manual and tedious tasks such as provisioning, patching, backups, restore, upgrades, compute scaling, processes replication, single-instance health protection, multi-instance high availability, and more. These tasks are made more tedious with the variety of database engines, varied infrastructure, security concerns, expanding scale, complex architectures, capacity pressures, and ever-increasing costs. Yet many applications need the data to remain on-prem for reasons such as sovereignty, privacy, security, and latency. 

With Amazon RDS on VMware, you can automate several manual database administration tasks – such as provisioning, patching, monitoring, scale, failover, backup-restore, and point-in-time-restore – while keeping the data on-premises to meet your latency, sovereignty, compliance, and privacy needs.

The Amazon RDS on VMware solution today supports three database types with a fourth in the roadmap soon:

Key Benefits of Amazon RDS on VMware

  • Platform choice: Run natively in VMware technology of choice including VMware Cloud Foundation, Dell EMC VxRail, VMware vSphere, and vCenter.
  • Single monitoring console: Manage your RDS instances the same way on AWS or on your vSphere cluster of choice.
  • Automated DB administration: Automate availability management, failure detection, monitoring, and DB and OS patching.
  • Simplified backup and recovery: Take manual snapshots or automatic backups to local vSphere storage, and restore from an existing snapshot or conduct a point-in-time recovery.
  • DevOps DB operations: Use the same AWS APIs or the Amazon Management Console to create databases in AWS and VMware, just as you do in AWS. It also supports Cloud Formation.


Feature Highlights

  • Custom Availability Zone (CAZ). During onboarding, a vSphere cluster will be mapped as a CAZ. The selected vSphere cluster will host the databases created from the AWS console targeting the mapped CAZ. You can create as many CAZs as you need, each with different hardware configurations to support different types of workloads. CAZ supports over-provisioning, too.


  • Functional profiles. Software developers and database administrators get native access to the operationally battle-tested Amazon RDS using their familiar AWS RDS CLI, API, and AWS Management Console. Operations teams can quickly stand up an RDS instance anywhere they run vSphere, and manage it using all of their existing tools and processes. 



Next Steps

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About the Authors

Ramya Sarangarajan

Director of Product Marketing and Strategy for Cloud Services at VMware

Ramya is Director of Product Marketing and Strategy for Cloud Services at VMware. She is responsible for the GTM strategy and product marketing for VMware’s cloud services including VMware Cloud Marketplace and VMware’s Database offerings. Previously, she led cross-company strategy, minority investments and M&A efforts as part of the corporate strategy and development team at VMware. Prior to VMware, Ramya was a management consultant with Booz & Co (Strategy&) and PwC. Ramya holds an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science from Visvesvaraya Technological University, India.

Roger Freixa

Director of vSphere Managed Services at VMware

Roger is Director of vSphere Managed Services for VMware’s Cloud Provider Software Business Unit. He is the Product Manager and Product Owner for Amazon RDS on VMware for VMware components and leads efforts on VMware’s database solutions across the board. Prior to this, Roger led several Disaster Recovery projects, ranging from DB-specific workloads to generic C2C solutions. Roger has more than 20 years’ experience in the technology sector, including various technical roles in EMEA and US, the last one being Director of Product Management for Cloud Platform at Oracle ($2B revenue portfolio).

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